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Hospice 'to lose quarter of income'

A hospice serving north Wales is going to lose a quarter of its £4m income because of coronavirus, its chief executive has said.

Trystan Pritchard of St David's Hospice in Llandudno said without the government support to pay staff 80% of their wages the charity would already have folded.

"Of course our clinical staff need to keep on working, busier than ever.

"And so support to ensure we can continue with the necessary service is the problem right now." he said.

"We've unfortunately had to close some of our daytime services already and focus on the inpatient beds we have at the main hospice in Llandudno.

"This means that our family support services, supporting bereaved families and so on, have had to come to an end because of their nature or because we have to focus on the inpatient beds."

No fines issued yet, Gwent Police chief says

Chief Constable Pam Kelly
Chief Constable Pam Kelly warned criminals they were more visible on the quiet streets

Gwent Police Chief Constable Pam Kelly has said the force has not yet issued any fines to people flouting social distancing legislation in the force area but warned that would change if people continued to ignore advice.

"I think it's fair to say that across Wales we've tried to get the balance right [on enforcement] from the word go," she told Radio Wales Breakfast.

"It's new legislation; some people are of course bearing in mind the 69 deaths across Wales and want us to be very hard, and some want us to work with the community."

She said Gwent wanted to "explain the situation and educate people" in these "unprecedented times".

"We've spoken to lots of people and we've been very visible," she said.

"As time unfolds we are becoming concerned that people are becoming complacent about what is an essential journey."

She said officers were explaining to people what was expected of them and asking them to return home.

However she added: "Make no bones about it, if people do not listen and breach the legislation, we will be fining.

"We will absolutely apply it if necessary, but I think that most people are seeing we have some of the toughest few weeks ahead of us and that complying with the legislation is the most important thing to do."

The chief constable also had a message for those looking to take criminal advantage of the current situation.

"Believe it or not, because the streets are so much quieter, the people that are out there intent on committing crime stand out so actually it's very easy for us to spot those people who are intent on causing havoc when we need calmness."